Historical Events in May 1994

  • May 1 "My Fair Lady" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 165 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 "Rise & Fall of Little Voice" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 9 performances

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • May 1 -3] Tornado & hail storms hit Jiangxi China, 95 killed
  • May 1 Charles Kuralt retires as CBS newsman (On the Road)
  • May 1 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Sprint Senior Challenge Golf Tournament
  • May 1 Sherri Steinhauer wins LPGA Sprint Golf Championship
  • May 2 Bus crashes into a tree at Gdansk Poland, 32 killed
  • May 2 Dr Kervokian found innocent on assisting suicides
  • May 2 Michael Bolton found plagurized Isley Bros "Love is Wonderful Thing"

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 3 29th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Wynonna win

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Garth Brooks
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Garth Brooks
  • May 3 D66/Dutch Liberal Party win Dutch 2nd Parliamentary election
  • May 4 Arsenal of England win 34th European Cup Winner's Cup against Parma of Italy 1-0 in Copenhagen

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May 4 Singer Courtney Love cleared of drug charges

Singer-Songwriter Courtney Love
Courtney Love
  • May 5 "Sally Marrand Her Escorts" opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 performances
  • May 5 Labour beats Conservatives in British local elections
  • May 5 North-Yemen air force bombs Aden South Yemen
  • May 6 Channel tunnel linking England & France officially opens
  • May 6 Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait sets fire to the couch on Tonight Show
  • May 6 US House of Representatives passes the Federal Assault Weapons Ban

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 6 Lennox Lewis TKOs Phil Jackson in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 6 Nelson Mandela and the ANC, finally confirmed winners in South Africa's first post apartheid election

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • May 7 120th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron on Go For Gin wins in 2:03.6
  • May 7 Denver Nuggets become NBA's 1st #8 seed to beat a #1 seed (Seattle)

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May 7 Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream" is recovered 3 months after it was stolen

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • May 8 "Rise & Fall of Little Voice" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 9 performances
  • May 8 500th commentary by Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes
  • May 8 Colorado Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) 1st game
  • May 8 Ernesto Perez Balladares elected president of Panama
  • May 8 Jose Maria Figueres becomes president of Costa Rica
  • May 8 Laura Davies wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic

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May 8 President Clinton announces US will no longer repatriate boat people

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • May 8 Erling Kagge becomes the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge.
  • May 9 "Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 280 performances
  • May 9 Mass murderer Joel Rifkind found guilty in NY
  • May 10 "Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public" opens at Lunt-Font NYC for 16 per

Music concertMusic Concert

May 10 Barbra Streisand's begins 1st concert tour in 30 years

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • May 10 Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's 1st black president
  • May 10 Silvio Berlusconi forms Italian government with 5 neo-fascists
  • May 11 Musical "Grease" opens at Eugene O' Neill Theater NYC for 1,503 performances
  • May 11 "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" released in France
  • May 11 6 white racists sentenced to death in South Africa
  • May 12 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Anne Marie Duggan

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 12 "Pulp Fiction", directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Film Director & Screenwriter Quentin Tarantino
Film Director & Screenwriter
Quentin Tarantino
Actor Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
Actress Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman
  • May 13 Indians begin a 18 home game home win streak at Jacobs Field
  • May 14 Dave Winfield passes Frank Robinson for 12th on RBI list with 1,617
  • May 14 FA cup final at Wembley Stadium London

Sport awardGolf Major

May 15 40th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Laura Davies

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • May 16 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Orlando FL on WTKS 104.1 FM
  • May 16 Jacqueline Onassis admitted to hospital for cancer treatment
  • May 16 JoaquĆ­n Balaguer (86) elected President of Dominican Republic
  • May 16 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati arrested on possession of marijuana
  • May 17 Bakili Muluzi's UDF wins Malawi presidents/parliamentary election
  • May 18 Israel withdraws from the Gaza Strip
  • May 18 Tropical Butterfly Garden at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens
  • May 18 2nd UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Barcelona 4-0 at Athens
  • May 19 Final Episode of LA Law after 8 year run
  • May 19 Omar Sharif suffers a mild heart attack
  • May 19 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati (18), checks into a drug rehab center
  • May 20 Bobcat Goldthwait charged with misdemeanors for fire on Tonight Show
  • May 20 Sushmita Sen from India is crowned the 43rd Miss Universe at 18 years old
  • May 20 Sony Theaters & Cineplex (NYC) hike movie ticket prices to $8.00
  • May 21 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 16 performances
  • May 21 119th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 1:56.4
  • May 21 Reds bat out of order against Dodgers in 2nd inning
  • May 21 South Yemen secedes from Yemen
  • May 22 Elaine Crosby wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • May 22 Toronto NBA franchise unveils name "Raptors" & logo
  • May 23 270 pilgrims die in the bustle round Mina, Saudi-Arabia
  • May 23 Roman Herzog elected President of Germany
  • May 23 "Star Trek The Next Generation" finale airs this week in syndication
  • May 23 47th Cannes Film Festival: "Pulp Fiction" directed by Quentin Tarantino wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 24 Poison singer Bret Michaels gets into a car crash
  • May 24 NHL Western Conference Final: Vancouver Canucks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • May 25 Emmy 21st Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci not nominated

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25 Mark Messier scores a natural hat trick for the New York Rangers in game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • May 27 Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after 20 years in exile
  • May 27 Final broadcast of Arsenio Hall talk show
  • May 27 Flintstones live action movie opens
  • May 27 Larry King ended his radio show
  • May 27 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New York Rangers beat New Jersey Devils, 4 games to 3
  • May 28 "Cafe American" last airs on NBC-TV
  • May 28 Twin's Dave Winfield passes Rod Carew into 15th hit list (3,054)
  • May 29 "Joseph & the Amazing Dreamcoat" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 223 performances
  • May 29 "Picnic" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances

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May 29 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Jr.wins in 3:06:29.006 (255.89 kph)

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.
  • May 29 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 29 Great iceball comet seen above North Sea
  • May 29 Hungary's Socialist Party wins parliamentary election

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May 29 Patty Sheehan wins J C Penney/LPGA Skins Golf Game

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • May 31 Padres scores 13 in 2nd vs Pirates